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The Fuel Debt & Energy Advice Project is working hard in Coventry to help at risk and vulnerable people keep warm and debt free by offering free advice on energy efficiency.

With funding totalling £36,000 from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust which will go towards helping 300 fuel poor individuals, the project based in the Coventry Law Centre, aims to offer a holistic service to those in need. Advisors assess energy levels and efficiencies in the home and work with families to develop a concrete plan of action.

The energy advisors offer a full range of services including helping to set up payment plans, dealing with debt and advice on how to make homes more energy efficient. They can also help families and individuals fill out applications for local grant and trust funds to tackle accrued debt.

The project helps people in their greatest need with small but important changes to their lives, which can have a big impact on the warmth of their homes.

Gina* has recently been helped by the project. Behind with paying her bills, she had fallen into arrears and her house had become extremely damp. After a home visit from one of the advisors from the project, Gina was able to set up an affordable payment plan and given expert advice on how to get rid of the damp.

Gina now feels in control and more able to cope with her situation thanks to the invaluable advice offered by the Project and the ScottishPower Energy People Trust. 

Ann Loughrey, Company Secretary and Trustee of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, said: “Thanks to the money provided by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust and because of the hard work of the advisors at the Law Centre, people who are struggling with debt and energy efficiency can get the help and peace of mind they deserve.

“This project provides such wide ranging advice about what people can do to not only deal with debt issues but also how to make their homes more energy efficient, which can help people get right back on track. The hard work is paying off, as demonstrated by Gina’s experience and I know the team will continue to help more families currently facing the same problems.”

Wendy Sherwood, one of the advisors from the Law Centre said: “We are really pleased to be doing our bit and making a difference in these communities. Without projects like this, thanks to the funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, more people in the area might feel they had nowhere to turn.

“I hope we will be able to reach out to many more families with simple but effective advice and tips on how to make their homes more energy efficient.”

Tuesday, January 29, 2013